Mar 15
Hip hip hooray - happy birthday Orange health service

Orange Health Service will celebrate its first birthday at the new facility on Forest Road this Friday 16 March 2012.

Newly appointed Orange Health Service General Manager Catherine Nowlan said the celebration will be an opportunity to recognise the successful integration of general and mental health services on the one campus.

“The state of the art facility is delivering exceptional services and care to the wider community. Having all services under the one roof has proven to be a more effective way in delivering patient care and multi-disciplinary teams are working more closely.” Ms Nowlan said.

During the past 12 months the new hospital has allowed for a wide range of expanded services to be rolled out and now include Radiation Therapy, MRI procedures, increased bed capacity, enhanced dental and dialysis services, expanded specialist clinics and services and world class IT systems.

“Many services available at this hospital are reflective of a major metropolitan hospital. Orange Health Service is not only attracting the interest of many specialist physicians, but also providing a benchmark for other hospitals undergoing redevelopment.

“It’s not just the services that are on offer that make this hospital so special, it is the staff and volunteers that are here each day that need to be recognised on this special occasion. Without this team of people this facility would just be bricks and mortar, but it is so much more than that. It is a place of recovery, vibrancy and hope and I am so proud to lead this team as the new General Manager,” said Ms Nowlan.

The new Emergency Department opened its doors at 6am on the 16 March 2011, and has seen more than 26,800 patients over the 12 months. It’s been a hive of activity in the Women and Infant’s Unit, and the team has welcomed more than 960 babies to the world.

The Linear Accelerator has so far treated almost 300 cancer patients, while the Ambulatory Care Unit has seen more than 3660 patients in the past 12 months. The Fracture Clinic has also been busy with more than 1120 patients presenting.

Director of Nursing Sue Patterson said the 12 month period has been challenging and very rewarding.

“It has been a busy 12 months, and we all underwent a long period of adjustment, but we are all now settled and very happy with the new internal and external surroundings.

“I receive continuous positive feedback about the new hospital, which includes comments on the art works on the walls and increased services and staff.” Ms Patterson said.


The first birthday party will take place in the Staff Dining Room on Friday 16 March at 12 noon.

Media is invited to attend. Please meet Rachel Buchanan in the Main Foyer.

Please contact Rachel on 0428 261 899 for more information and to confirm attendance.